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Mar 14

Broken Twill Fabric Inspiration

Project Notes: I love this bold broken twill pattern. It is fairly easy to thread and the straight twill treadling is a snap to weave. We threaded this up for our Anniversary Catalog and find that it looks terrific on the cherry 45” Standard Floor Loom. This is an 8-shaft pattern, but you could just as easily weave it on 4-shafts, say, for example Three Thread Herringbone, treadling I on page 24 of Davisons’s A Handweaver’s Pattern Book.

A beautifully woven broken twill pattern in blue, red, brown, and white


8-shaft broken twill with floating selvedges on either side.

Yarn: warp and weft:

Worsted weight wool in natural white (700 yd), blue (950 yd), light brown (480 yd), and wine red (480 yd).


8-Shaft Standard Floor Loom, 45” weaving width; 4 – 13” boat shuttles

Number of warp ends:


Warp length:

3 1/4 yards, which allows 28” take-up and loom waste.

Width in reed:






Cartoon diagram for weaving a broken twill pattern

Add a floating selvedge at each edge

Warp color order:

Diagram of warp order for weaving a broken twill pattern Draft:


Use an even beat and weave at 10 ppi to square the pattern. Follow the warp color threading order, or create your own variation. When changing colors, weave the ends in about an inch. Clip the ends after finishing.

A Schacht Floor Loom warped for weaving a broken twill pattern


After removing from the loom, create a twisted fringe prior to washing. Wash in cool water in the washing machine on gentle cycle, checking every 5 minutes. When almost fulled, gently rinse, remove from machine and gently squeeze out. Lay flat to dry on towels and then steam press using a press cloth.